John Barnes ‘J.B.’ Hinnant Jr., 86, contributed to the revitalization of downtown Wilmington

John Barnes ‘J.B.’ Hinnant Jr.

WILMINGTON — John Barnes “J.B.” Hinnant Jr., 86, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2021.

J.B. was born in Wilmington April 19, 1934, to John Barnes Hinnant Sr. and Viola McMillan Hinnant. In his early years, he was known as Johnny, and later in life, as J.B.

J.B. grew up in the Sea Gate community and graduated from New Hanover High School in 1954. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War.

After the war, he owned and operated Hinnant Construction Company, sometimes known as RDJ Construction (named after his children Renae, Denise & John). He built many commercial properties in and around the Wilmington area and was part of the revitalization of downtown Wilmington. He worked on several buildings during the early days of downtown’s renaissance, and his influence on historic preservation standards for commercial construction are still in use today. He was a member of Winter Park Baptist Church, and a former member of the Masons and Shriners.

J.B. is survived by his three children, Renae Fountain (Jeff), Denise Albea (Kevin Prince) and John B. Hinnant III (Jamie); three grandchildren, Meagan Stancil, Connor Hinnant and Ava Hinnant; sister, Elizabeth Hinnant Smith; one niece and four nephews; special cat, KittyCat.; and many friends and associates.

A special thanks to the Care Team at Elderhaus-Pace for the love and care to J.B. and his family.

Though many people come and go through our lives, there are some that leave a lasting impression on our hearts. Dad was one of these people. His kindness, generosity and love will always be remembered.

To honor his wishes, he is to be cremated and his urn will be placed with his family in Oakdale Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Not because of COVID-19, but because he deserves a big one!

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Elderhouse/Pace, as it became his special place for the past 4 ½ years. The enrichment of J.B.’s life through the programming of Elderhouse added years and vitality to his life. Checks made in loving memory of John Hinnant may be made payable to Elderhaus Pace, 2222 South 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

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